Join Date: Aug 2010
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The Spanish Tennis Federeration filed an appeal to the International Tennis Federation claiming that the surface chosen by the USTA for the event is not ITF approved.
The surface, known as Indoor Hard Premiere, was not on the list approved by the ITF, the sport's world governing body which runs the Davis Cup, the Spanish Federation said in a statement on its website.
The tie is scheduled for July 8-10 at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
The USTA said that all questions regarding the issue should be directed to the ITF.
"It's a court that we are not familiar with because it doesn't meet the criteria," Spain Davis Cup captain Albert Costa told a news conference in Barcelona. "So the problem I have right now is to explain to the players what kind of court they will encounter, because even if we wanted to train on a similar one we could not install it because it is not approved," he added.
The ITF can confirm that the RFET lodged an appeal with the Davis Cup Committee," the ITF said in a statement. "The Davis Cup Committee has been asked to consider whether the surface chosen for Austin complies to rule 38 (a) of the Davis Cup Regulations for the Competition 'Surface of Courts and Playing Conditions. The Committee is in the process of considering this appeal with a decision expected later this week.
The USTA noted that it had used the surface before for Davis Cup matches, including in 2007 against Spain. It also was used in the 2007 final against Russia, among other times.
According to a report at tennis.com, the surface is sold in Europe under another brand name and might be used at other European ATP tournaments. The ITF does not approve surfaces by brand name, just by types, such as an acrylic hardcourt, which Premiere is one of. Spain has apparently objected to the brand name, and not the type of surface.